May 19th, 2007
It’s natural for people to want to appear better than they really are. I’m happy for other people to hear about the good things I’ve done, but I really don’t want others to find out about the things that I’m ashamed of. It’s amazing how many people will tell you stories about how much they have won at the casino, while how few people will tell you about how much they have lost. People will happily tell you about how they kicked the winning goal, or got great results in their exams, but they’re more reluctant to own up to having made the mistake which cost the game, or having failed miserably because they didn’t work hard enough…
John’s First Letter — Chapter 1
1:1 He existed from the beginning; we have heard him; we have seen him with our own eyes; we have looked at him and touched him with our hands; he is the word of life. 1:2 The life appeared. We have seen him, and are witnesses, and tell you about the eternal life, who was with the Father, and appeared to us. 1:3 We are telling you about what we have seen and heard, so that you can have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1:4 We are writing these things to you to complete our joy.
1:5 This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light; there is no darkness at all in him. 1:6 If we claim that we have fellowship with him while living in the darkness, we are lying, and not telling the truth. 1:7 But if we live in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Jesus Christ washes us clean from all sin. 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and avoiding the truth. 1:9 If we admit our sins, he is righteous and can be trusted to forgive our sins, and wash us clean from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we are calling him a liar, and his message is not living in us.
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